By Panay News, January 30 2018

Image Credit to Philippine Statistical Authority

KALIBO, Aklan – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will impose higher fees in requesting civil registry documents starting Feb. 2.

The fee increase is an effect of the new tax reform.

According to Aklan Provincial Statistics Officer Antonet Catubuan, PSA-issued birth, marriage and death certificates will be charged with P155 per copy from the current price of P140.

Meanwhile, certificate of no marriage record (Cenomar) will be raised to P210 from P195 per copy.

The increase in fees is pursuant to Section 12 of the Bureau of Internal Revenue Revenue Regulations No. 4-2018, which states that each certificate of any description required by law shall have a documentary stamp tax (DST) of P30, Catubuan said.

“But we would like to clarify that only the DST has an increase. The original prices of civil registry documents – P180 for Cenomar and P125 for birth, marriage and death certificates – will remain the same,” he added.

With the implementation of this new rules on tax, Batch Request Query System (Breqs) outlets of PSA located in selected local government units (LGUs) and SM stores are also expected to increase their rates.

Breqs outlets are authorized to accept requests for civil registry documents from their clients and to impose add-on fees depending on the approved ordinance by their respective LGUs or office.

The last time that the PSA implemented the increase for authenticated documents was in 2008. (With PSA Aklan/PN)